Chelsea’s young striker, Patrick Bamford has recently been linked with a variety of Premier League clubs looking for a loan move for the 22 year-old striker, but how good is he?
The Blues forward signed from Nottingham Forrest in January 2012, having only made two substitute appearances. But the Chelsea scouts saw enough in him at youth level to take a gamble on the then 18 year-old.
Bamford then spent the rest of the 2011/12 season in the Chelsea youth team and was ready for a loan switch to MK Dons when the opportunity arose the following season. Bamford spent just over a year there scoring 18 goals in 37 League One appearances.
The youngster impressed and his loan spell was ended in January 2014 for him to take the step up and move to Championship side Derby County for the remainder of the season in which he scored 8 goals in 14 starts. This prompted a battle for Bamford’s services within the Championship the following season with then boss Jose Mourinho electing to send him on loan to one of his old coaches Aitor Karanka at Middlesborough. Bamford excelled on loan at The Riverside scoring 17 goals in just 32 starts taking Boro to Wembly and the Play-off final, which they would eventually lose to Norwich. Bamford claimed the Championship player of the year that season and was touted for great things on his return to Chelsea.
Mourinho still didn’t quite believe Bamford could make an impact at Chelsea just yet and sent the forward out on loan, to his biggest test yet, Premier League side Crystal Palace. In which the test was a bit too much. The youngster cut short his loan spell earlier this month due to a lack of playing time, in which he only made 6 substitute appearances for The Eagles.
Chelsea will hope that Bamford is taken on by another Premier League club in order for him to show his potential in the Premier League. It’s all there for Bamford, he needs to take his chance in the Premier League and prove to the Chelsea hierarchy that he can make it in the first-team.